A $2.4-Billion expansion of Disneyland Paris will bring some of its most popular new attractions to the French resort.
During an event with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, Walt Disney Co. Chairman and Chief Executive Robert Iger announced the plans, which includes three new areas based on Marvel characters, the animated hit “Frozen” and its acquired Star Wars franchise.
Disney said it will roll out in three phases beginning in 2021 and will add a lake that will connect the three new areas.
Phantom Manor is currently under extensive refurbishment. Many animatronics are being refurbished. There will be some new story elements added that will enhance the current mythology and story of Phantom Manor.
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror will get its facade refurbished. The Mark Twain riverboat will be back on the Rivers of the Far West. Big Thunder Mountain is supposed to have some new effects, however, new trains are making some things difficult. Apparently, the new trains are faster than before.
Ratatouille remains a very popular ride at the Resort.
The biggest announcement is Mickey’s Philharmagic will open in October of this year. The attraction will be located in Discoveryland.
There is an upcoming Marvel seasonal celebration at Disney Studios Paris. New merchandise will be available, as well as some of the popular items that appear in the States.
For Mickey Mouse’s birthday in November, giant cupcake photo ops will appear around Disneyland Paris celebrating the mouse.
Colonel Haiti’s and Pizza Planet at Disneyland Paris
Colonel Haiti’s and Pizza Planet will both be gone and in their places will be improved eateries for guests to enjoy.
Expect a big refurbishment at Disney Village – the shopping and dining district adjacent to the resorts. Though it won’t be as big as the Downtown Disney conversion to Disney Springs, it will be a big improvement from what is currently there.
Already announced is the Hotel New York conversion to the Art of Marvel. After that is finished, the Disneyland Hotel will undergo a massive renovation adding more classic characters to the iconic hotel.
Park-wide Digital Improvements
The Resort is going to move towards digital platforms, though Magic Bands will not be coming anytime soon. More wifi will be present in the Parks. Online bookings for restaurants are coming this summer.
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